Military Minute: 4 Smart Insurance Strategies

Take a minute (or two) to watch our newest video! Military members and their families face a lot of insurance choices. Today’s Military Minute, sponsored by Armed Forces Benefit Association, breaks down four types of insurance and offers some useful guidance for you to make good decisions. Learn more!

Why are Russian Special Forces grateful for the Kornet missiles?

By Gleb Fedorov, Russia Behind the Headlines As a result of miscommunication with the Syrian Army, 16 commandos from a Russian Special Operation Forces unit were left facing more than 300 Al-Nusra Front mercenaries in the Aleppo Province in a confrontation in April 2017. Spetsnaz (a word used in Russia to describe the Special Forces) […]

Reservists waiting for a solution to GI Bill restrictions

By Alex Horton, Stars and Stripes Nearly 4,700 reservists and guardsmen have been unfairly barred from earning post-9/11 GI Bill benefits available to active-duty servicemembers, veterans advocates say, triggering delays that will likely defer their education for years. The issue lies with the Pentagon’s use of Title 10, Section 12304b, a specific deployment authorization used […]

Moral Injury Is Motivating Whistleblowers And Killing Our Veterans

By Peter Van Buren, Huffington Post “My guilt will never go away,” former Marine Matthew Hoh explained to me. “There is a significant portion of me that doesn’t believe it should be allowed to go away, that this pain is fair.” If America accepts the idea of fighting endless wars, it will have to accept […]

Former Navy admiral sentenced to 18 month in bribery scandal

Former US Navy admiral gets 18 months in jail in ‘Fat Leonard’ bribery scandal. Robert Gilbeau was accused of lying about receiving lavish gifts and prostitutes from a wealthy Malaysian businessman. By Nandini Krishnamoorthy, International Business Times A former US Navy admiral, who was at the center of a massive bribery scandal, was sentenced to 18 months in jail […]

The Reserve and National Guard Magazine – June 2017

Download this digital edition now or view past issues in our Digital Archive! In this issue: Summer Blockbusters – RNG In The Movies! Top Celebrities Supporting The Military Stay Healthy & Safe This Summer Disaster Prep And More!

Navigating the VA System A Primer

by Bianca Strzalkowski The Department of Veteran Affairs forecasts more than one million service members will transition from military to civilian life over the next few years. The service branches aim to prepare personnel for this change through mandatory Transition Assistance Program (TAP) classes, which cover a host of need-to-know topics. Recently, a newly designed […]

The Military’s New Retirement System

BG (Ret.) Michael Meese, PhD The military retirement system is undergoing the biggest overhaul since World War II. It will affect everyone joining the force and many current service members. These are some common questions from Reserve and National Guard members about the new system. Why are we changing? The previous “defined benefit” retirement system […]

Dual-Military Couple Tackles Challenges

By 60th Air Mobility Wing TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., May 16, 2017 — The Leidholms are just like any ordinary young family. They get up early to deal with the happy chaos of getting themselves ready for work and preparing their two small daughters for the day. Air Force Staff Sgts. Kyle Leidholm of […]

New study shows that most service members discharged for misconduct had mental illness

By Phil Stewart, Reuters A majority of U.S. troops discharged from the military for misconduct during a four-year period ending in 2015 had been diagnosed with mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury, a new study found. The report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office will likely add to scrutiny over […]

I Am A Vet Who Thinks The VA Should Get Less Money

By Alex Miller, Forbes “I don’t work for you!” The receptionist screamed, causing my ear to crackle. I am a veteran, and I was at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Manhattan. Who did she think she was working for, if not, me? For years, I’ve grown accustomed to poor customer service, sub-par medical assistance and […]